LookAtVietnam – HCM City’s dwellers sighed with relief when hundreds of
brick kilns were relocated out of the residential quarters. However, a new worry
has arisen when a series of coal production and trade establishments have
Local residents in Long Binh ward in district 9 of HCM City have been living in
pollution caused by the coal dust. Nguyen Xien, which has been built with the
city’s budget, has become a “miserable road” because of a lot of potholes
generated by the lorries and trucks carrying cargo from the Long Binh port,
running fast in residential quarters.
Eating, sleeping with coal
A series of open coal grounds have been piled up on the two sides of the Nguyen
Xien road. Though being covered with canvas sheets, the coal still has been
exposed to the air and kicks up dust.
Nguyen Thi Kim Hoa, who lives on Nguyen Xien road, said she regularly has to
sweep the floor every time when a truck passes her house. However, the
furnishings are covered with a thick coal dust layer just after some minutes.
In the past, when brick kilns existed, local residents suffered the black
suffocated smoke. Nowadays, when coal grounds appear, they have to live together
with black dust.
“I feel worried for my children. We have to close the doors all the day and
force my children to stay inside the house,” Hoa complained.
Nguyen Thanh Giau, a neighborer of Hoa, also complained that his sugar cane
juice shop has very few customers because people fear the coal dust.
Showing the healthcare book of the daughter, Giau complained that the girl has
to go to see the doctor nearly every week because she usually has a cough.
“Strong adult men also fall sick because of the coal dusts, let alone a child,”
The residents here not only suffer from the coal dust spread out from the coal
grounds, but also have been tortured by the noise from the machines and engines.
Nguyen Thi Gai, an old woman, pointing to the big coal ground which is a canal
far from her house, said that she cannot sleep because of the noise from the
“We cannot ask the workers to stop the machines, because they are just hired
workers. Meanwhile, we cannot contact the real owners of the coal grounds,” she
Local residents said that the coal grounds have existed for the last two years.
The owners of the business premises are the owners of the brick kilns, which
were forced to move to other places because they caused the pollution. The
owners of the kilns have leased the premises to coal owners for money.
In fact, the coal owners once set up their production bases in Binh Duong
province. However, as they faced the strong opposition from the residents there,
they have to move to another locality.
Trucks, container vehicles damaging the road
There is only one way for lorries to follow if they want to reach to the Long
Binh port. The way has been built with the local budget and reserved for
civilian life. However, as there is still no way for lorries to go, the way has
been serving lorries and container vehicles for the last many years.
“The way is terribly dusty when it shines, while it gets muddy when it rains,”
Ngo Anh Tuan, Deputy Chair of the district 9 people’s committee, has affirmed
that the local authorities won’t let any coal production workshop exist in the
residential quarters. However, Tuan cannot give the exact answer about when the
workshops would be removed.
Since the business licenses were granted by the city’s Planning and Investment
Department, it is the department which has the right to revoke the licenses or